What age do I have to be to become a Catholic priest in Ireland?
Canon Law – the universal law of the Catholic Church – states: The priesthood may be conferred only upon those who have completed their twenty-fifth year of age (Can. 1031 §1). Episcopal Conferences [the gathering of the bishops in a country] may issue a regulation which requires a later age for the priesthood (Can. 1031 §3).
25 years remains the minimum age for ordination in Ireland.
Most popular questions
- Can a gay man become a priest?
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